A fifth Destrehan High School assistant football coach has been booked with unauthorized use of intellectual property, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
Lance Ledet, who was one of the five coaches penalized by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association on Wednesday, was issued a criminal summons on Friday.
He is the sixth person booked with the misdemeanor. The charge carries maximum penalties of a $500 fine and six months in jail.
The criminal charges stem from an incident in which the coaches allegedly used computers to spy on South Lafourche’s football practices before the two teams played each other last week.
Destrehan, ranked No. 3 in The New Orleans Advocate’s large school rankings, won the game 49-24. On Wednesday, however, the LHSAA ruled the game a forfeit and awarded the victory to South Lafourche.
The coaches used Hudl, a video application that allows teams to study themselves and scout opponents using film from their previous games. Coaches can use Hudl to exchange game films with other coaches.
Coaches also can record practices and post them, protected by a password known only to coaches and players of that school.
The Destrehan coaches obtained the other school’s password from a student who is no longer on the team at South Lafourche.
Destrehan assistant coaches Ryan Fournier, Daniel Luquet, Greg Boyne and Wayne Sentilles were all booked with the misdemeanor on Wednesday. Emily Guidry, Fournier’s girlfriend, also was booked.
All five coaches have been banned from attending Destrehan’s last two regular season games. Fournier is banned from the postseason as well.
Luquet, Boyne, Sentilles and Ledet can coach in the postseason, but only from the press box.
Detectives said they have no evidence at this time that any other members of the coaching staff accessed the hudl.com account.
Stevie Crovetto, the director of public information for St. Charles Parish public schools, issued a statement saying: “Our internal investigation has concluded. Internal decisions relative to any consequences are personnel matters and will therefore be kept confidential. However, we will notify you of any decisions made regarding the coaches resuming their practice responsibilities. We look forward to moving on and focusing on what is most important — our students and what happens in the classrooms and on the field.”